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Helen H.

Laguna Woods, CA

$37/hr

English as a Second Language Instructor/Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/27/12
Usually responds in about 9 hours

English as a Second Language Instructor/Tutor

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Not only do I have a Master's Degree in ESL, I have been teaching English as a Second Language at colleges, adult schools, vocational schools, private schools, and tutoring one to one and online for over 20 years.

Your confidence in the English language is my goal. That you feel at ease speaking is important to me. Because you are not a native, there are cultural expressions and vocabulary that you may not have learned in your ESL courses. I also observe and record your grammatical speech to help correct any verb tenses you are using incorrectly. You can confide in me with your concerns with the language and I will help you overcome them. I will be available to you at any time you have questions of which way to say something when you are feeling confused or stuck.

For the past 4 years I have been working with professionals from various countries helping them improve their skills in writing e-mails, business correspondence, pronunciation, communication, and advanced grammar including idioms and phrasal verbs. I want you to gain confidence to compete in the workplace and be understood as well as understand native speakers.

I have a warm, caring personality. I am flexible with scheduling. I will drive 10 miles to meet you at home, coffee shop, the library, or a bookstore. I provide beverages and snacks when tutoring in my home. I have many resource materials, books, tapes, videos, online sites available to help assist your English growth. I will research the specific information you need for your workplace needs.

I consider myself your friend, as well as your tutor, to help you learn and gain fluency in English.

Testimonials

"Experienced and fun tutor"

- Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

"Knowledgeable and warmhearted tutor."

- Anton, Laguna Hills, CA on 6/23/13

"Great tutor !"

- Jiang (Joanne), Irvine, CA on 4/24/11
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Macintosh,
Microsoft Word, Photography
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a credentialed teacher in K-6, and have tutored 4 and 5th graders in Language Arts and Reading.

ESL/ESOL

I have been tutoring and teaching beginning ESL for more than 10 years. I received a M.A. degree in it while I was teaching students in the classroom. I have experience and materials (books, videos, computer lessons) to help along with picture dictionaries. I also teach and tutor adults retired and professionals to upgrade and gain more vocabulary, ease of speaking, and listening skills. The difference between an English teacher and an ESL teacher is the content. English is usually grammar only and ESL focus in on survival vocabulary, conversation, and understanding. I have patience, flexibility, and a caring personality. I know you can succeed and I want to help you.

General Computer

I have recently taken Microsoft Office 2007 Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS5 classes with a certificate in the Introductory and Beginning phases.

Macintosh

I have experience using a MacBook. I type my lessons and lesson plans in Microsoft Word for Mac. The programs I use frequently are Microsoft Word for Mac, some Excel for spreadsheets, and the Internet.
I have used PowerPoint in the past.

Phonics

I have been teaching phonics and pronunciation to adults and children. I have a master's degree in ESL which included course work on phonetics.

Photography

I took two years of photography principals and darkroom techniques. I taught a class at the Denver Free University on composing in the camera. I have taken two Adobe Photoshop classes.

Writing

I've been teaching writing and grammar for all levels of English and for business professionals who need help in correspondence, emails, contracts, and legal papers. For an M.A. degree, I followed rules of English grammar to fulfill project and dissertation requirements. As a UCLA graduate, I wrote A term papers. I maintain a blog with articles for students' reading and am currently taking a creative writing class through Saddleback college.

Helen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Helen. View all of Helen’s resources

Many students get confused with the present and present continuous tense. Here is an example of how to use both. I work every day. I am working now. So they both can be used. It depends on what you want to say. The present is used 90% of the time. The reason we use the present continuous infrequently is that it only answers what you are doing now. Remember to use the present... read more

There is a blog section on my website. This summer while teaching a beginning ESL class for adults, I saw many were working and couldn't come everyday. Since we were reviewing grammar points and conversation questions, I decided to make a blog section on my website (which doesn't appear on google search yet). I projected the website blog lesson with Smart Board technology onto the screen the... read more

UCLA
Education, B.A.
Alliant
Master's

Education

UCLA (Education, B.A.)

Alliant (Master's)

Experienced and fun tutor — We have Helen assisting our 6 year old boy on phonics. She is patient and resourceful. Helen is very computer-savvy and has suggested many good websites. I am very impressed with her dedication in making the classes interesting to learn. My son enjoys the class and is looking forward to meet with Ms. Helen weekly. We are very fortunate and delighted to have Helen. We look forward to working wi ...

— Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $37.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Helen will travel within 8 miles of Laguna Woods, CA 92637.


About Helen

Not only do I have a Master's Degree in ESL, I have been teaching English as a Second Language at colleges, adult schools, vocational schools, private schools, and tutoring one to one and online for over 20 years.

Your confidence in the English language is my goal. That you feel at ease speaking is important to me. Because you are not a native, there are cultural expressions and vocabulary that you may not have learned in your ESL courses. I also observe and record your grammatical speech to help correct any verb tenses you are using incorrectly. You can confide in me with your concerns with the language and I will help you overcome them. I will be available to you at any time you have questions of which way to say something when you are feeling confused or stuck.

For the past 4 years I have been working with professionals from various countries helping them improve their skills in writing e-mails, business correspondence, pronunciation, communication, and advanced grammar including idioms and phrasal verbs. I want you to gain confidence to compete in the workplace and be understood as well as understand native speakers.

I have a warm, caring personality. I am flexible with scheduling. I will drive 10 miles to meet you at home, coffee shop, the library, or a bookstore. I provide beverages and snacks when tutoring in my home. I have many resource materials, books, tapes, videos, online sites available to help assist your English growth. I will research the specific information you need for your workplace needs.

I consider myself your friend, as well as your tutor, to help you learn and gain fluency in English.

Testimonials

"Experienced and fun tutor"

- Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

"Knowledgeable and warmhearted tutor."

- Anton, Laguna Hills, CA on 6/23/13

"Great tutor !"

- Jiang (Joanne), Irvine, CA on 4/24/11
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Education

UCLA
Education, B.A.
Alliant
Master's

Education

UCLA (Education, B.A.)

Alliant (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Helen’s Subjects

English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Macintosh,
Microsoft Word, Photography
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Helen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Helen. View all of Helen’s resources

Many students get confused with the present and present continuous tense. Here is an example of how to use both. I work every day. I am working now. So they both can be used. It depends on what you want to say. The present is used 90% of the time. The reason we use the present continuous infrequently is that it only answers what you are doing now. Remember to use the present... read more

There is a blog section on my website. This summer while teaching a beginning ESL class for adults, I saw many were working and couldn't come everyday. Since we were reviewing grammar points and conversation questions, I decided to make a blog section on my website (which doesn't appear on google search yet). I projected the website blog lesson with Smart Board technology onto the screen the... read more


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